HUMP DAY READING…CURRENT, PAST, FUTURE

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading: Blood Sisters, by Jane Corry

From the bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife, a new thriller featuring three girls, one accident, and a lifetime of lies.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click on Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Two Girls Down, by Louisa Luna

 

The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian (NetGalley – 3/13/18)

Look for Me, by Lisa Gardner

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Broken Girls, by Simone St. James (Release Date – March 20, 2018)

Synopsis:  Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants—the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming—until one of them mysteriously disappears… 

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past—and a voice that won’t be silenced…

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This has been my week so far.  What did yours look like?

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AN AWESOME READING WEEK…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING: This morning I started reading Two Girls Down, by Louisa Luna:  “Opening this book is like arming a bomb–the suspense is relentless and the payoff is spectacular.  Lead character Alice Vega is sensational–I want to see lots more of her.”–Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series…

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

The Wife, by Alafair Burke

The Perfect Roommate, by Minka Kent

 

The Family Next Door, by Sally Hepworth – (NetGalley – 3/6/18)

Here We Lie, by Paula Treick DuBoard

Lie With Me, by Sabine Durrant

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

All Your Perfects, by Colleen Hoover – an author who is one of my new favorites.  This book will be released on July 17, 2018…

Synopsis:  The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—whose writing is “emotionally wrenching and utterly original” (Sarah Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)—delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

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That was my week…so far.  So many lovely books…and another that I can’t wait to get my hands on.  What has your week brought you?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

The Wife (e-book), by Alafair Burke: This much-anticipated follow-up to Burke’s Edgar-nominated The Ex asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?

 

I also started reading Fates & Furies, by Lauren Groff, but I DNFed it at 40%.  Sadly.  I just didn’t like any of the characters.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

I read only two books since last week, but they were good ones.

Promise Not to Tell (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

Exposed (e-book, Rosato & DiNunzio Novel), by Lisa Scottoline

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Bring Me Back (e-book), by B. A. Paris – Release Date:  June 19, 2018

THE NEW TWISTY, GRIPPING READ FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING NOVELS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND THE BREAKDOWN

“We’re in a new Golden Age of suspense writing now, because of amazing books like Bring Me Back, and I for one am loving it.” —Lee Child

A young British couple are driving through France on vacation when they stop at a service station. He runs in to use the restroom, she stays in the car. When he returns, her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part of his life now. Until he comes home from work one day and finds his new fiancée sitting on their sofa turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about, because his wife-to-be is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their relationship becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

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So…that was my week.  How did yours unfold?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, BOOKS, & MORE BOOKS…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Today I started reading Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz: A broken promise reveals a terrifying legacy in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of When All the Girls Have Gone.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for Reviews)

The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah

Fire & Fury, by Michael Wolff

The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer – April 3, 2018 Release Date

Synopsis:  To be admired by someone we admire – we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

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That was my week so far.  What did yours look like?

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A WEEK OF LOVELY BOOKS…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I just started The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah, a NetGalley ARC of a book that will be released on February 6. 

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

I’m also periodically reading Fire & Fury:  Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff,  the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time…

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman

Best Day Ever, by Kaira Rouda

Seeing Red, by Sandra Brown

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen (Release Date:  March 20, 2018)

I love anything and everything written by Anna Quindlen, so I was thrilled to discover her newest creation.

 

Synopsis:  The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood—and a seemingly happy marriage—are exposed by an unexpected act of violence. A provocative novel about money, class, and self-discovery, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miller’s Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs.

Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life—except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. The owners watch one another’s children grow up. They use the same handyman. They trade gossip and gripes, and they maneuver for the ultimate status symbol: a spot in the block’s small parking lot.

Then one morning, Nora returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the enviable dead-end block turns into a potent symbol of a divided city. The fault lines begin to open: on the block, at Nora’s job, especially in her marriage. With an acute eye that captures the snap crackle of modern life, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning.

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That’s my week so far…what does yours look like?

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HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I’m almost finished with this e-ARC.  I’m really enjoying it.

Watch Me (e-book), by Jody Gehrman, (NetGalley – 1/23):   For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of suspense about how far obsession can go.

 

I just picked up Best Day Ever, by Kaira Rouda, “a creepy, spine-tingling and utterly addictive tale of domestic suspense.”

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews):

Anatomy of a Scandal (e-book), by Sarah Vaughan (NetGalley – 1/23)

The Woman in the Window (e-book), by A. J. Finn

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Next, I plan to start another e-ARC from NetGalley:  The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah, Release Date – 2/6/18

Synopsis:  Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

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That’s my week so far…what did yours look like?

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MIDWEEK READING PICKS…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Anatomy of a Scandal (e-book), by Sarah Vaughan (NetGalley – 1/23), an astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

 

Watch Me (e-book), by Jody Gehrman, (NetGalley – 1/23):   For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of suspense about how far obsession can go.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Eaves of Destruction (e-book, Fixer-Upper Mystery), by Kate Carlisle

I Am Watching You (e-book), by Teresa Driscoll

Jane Fonda:  The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Three Things About Elsie (e-book), by Joanna Cannon – Release Date:  8/7/18

Synopsis:  There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing…might take a bit more explaining.

Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.

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First of all, I am loving stories with at least one elderly character.  Could it be my own “aging,” or am I recognizing that stories crossing generational and age lines are just more interesting?  At any rate, I am eager to get my hands on this one.

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A NEW YEAR & A NEW WEEK: HUMP DAY READING

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Eaves of Destruction (e-book, Fixer-Upper Mystery), by Kate Carlisle:  Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery…

 

I am also reading (more slowly) a nonfiction book called Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth…I’m only on the second chapter so far, but I’m enjoying learning more about her early years.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

The Girls in the Picture (e-book), by Melanie Benjamin (NetGalley – 1/16/18)

Lost & Found Sisters (e-book), by Jill Shalvis

Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion Mystery), by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke (First Book of the Year)

Be Frank With Me (e-book), by Julia Claiborne Johnson

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Today I downloaded a book I’ve been eager to read:  The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn.  I hope to start reading it soon.

Synopsis:  It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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I love books about reclusive and/or agoraphobic characters…and who doesn’t love a Rear Window vibe?

How are your week and New Year shaping up?  Are you enjoying your books?

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MIDWEEK READING: ENJOY!

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I’m reading my NetGalley eARC The Girls in the Picture, by Melanie Benjamin – Release Date – 1/16/18:   a fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford…

 

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK:  (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Wonder Valley, by Ivy Pochoda

These Violent Delights, by Victoria Namkung

Dead of Winter (Lily Dale Mystery), by Wendy Corsi Staub

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: 

Only two more weeks until The Chalk Man, by C. J. Tudor, is released (1/9/18)   

Synopsis:  A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

     In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.

     That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

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Creepy/scary, right?  I am eager to find out more.

So…how has your week unfolded?  Great holiday?  Good books?  Come on by and share.

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IT’S HUMP DAY! A TIME TO READ….

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Wonder Valley (e-book), by Ivy Pochodo,

“Destined to be a classic L.A. novel.”—Michael Connelly

When a teen runs away from his father’s mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino effect that will connect six characters desperate for hope and love, set across the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

A Season to Lie (e-book), by Emily Littlejohn

A Hundred Small Lessons (e-book), by Ashley Hay

Snap Judgment (e-book, Samantha Brinkman #3), by Marcia Clark

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Before and Again (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky – Release Date: June 26, 2018

Synopsis:  From the New York Times bestselling author of Blueprints and Sweet Salt Air, a brand-new novel about a woman in hiding finding the courage to face the world again.

Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends—and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She’s thankful for the new friends she’s made—though she can’t risk telling them too much. And she takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa, helping clients hide the visible outward signs of their weariness, illnesses, and injuries. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered.

Her only goal is to stay under the radar and make it through her remaining probation. But she isn’t the only one in this peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man’s Twitter account, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself—or stepping into the glare to be at their side. As the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie’s own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well. She knows all too well that what we need from each other in this difficult world is comfort. But to provide it, sometimes we need to travel far outside our comfort zones.

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That was my week so far.  I am enjoying my current read, and I’m eagerly awaiting another story of a woman hiding out, trying to reinvent herself.

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